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RATINGS: 2363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Like Hunter S. Thompson...Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 9.2% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you don’t show it the proper respect. IBU’s: 85


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2005
Opaque black with a low creamy tan head. Really distinkt and concentrated aroma of floral hops, black coffee, soy and cocoapowder. Full and thick flavour of black coffee, roasted malts, floral hops with touches of salt. Long full but still aromatic aftertaste of black coffee and floral hops. I’m a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson and I now raise a glass in his honour. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle: Black, large light brown head, foamy, wonderful lacing.   Looks the biz.   Tart appleskin nose, cocoa, soy, and perhaps a bit of alcohol.   Smooth sweetness to start, cocoa, dark chocolate, soy, appleskin, very enjoyable.   A bit earthy on the backside.   Big body, smooth mouthfeel.   Almost velvety.   Best Flying Dog I have had next to Wild Dog.   Big cocoa and appleskin combo lingers well beyond the finish.   Great stuff!   One of the better American made Baltic Porters I have had.   Big thanks to Facto for providing this one during my tasting!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Dark, dark, dark brown color, nearly pitch black. Bittersweet chocolate aroma with pine tar hops. Goes down unbelievable smooth, like I’m drinking a thick, cool chocolate/coffee drink spiked with a little moonshine. Nicely balanced and fairly mild, yet very flavorful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2005
This is a great beer.Reminds me of a chocolate barleywine.Aromas of Chocolate,alcohol,piney hops,funky yeast,smoke/tar.Goes down smooth and the onset is quick with one of these here spcimens.The mouth is oily,medium,finishes nicely and very dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Bottle tasted at Pitonka’s tasting
Dark brown color, tan head and some tan lacing. The nose is mild with a bit of physical charactaristic. The flavor is nicely roasted with a bit of fruit and nicely balanced tail. Yum! 8-4-8-4-14<P>ReRate as my first beer of the night, a whole bottle to myself
Thick dark black/brown color, thick angy brown head with splashes of lacing that show your drinking history with each pint. The nose is a bit yeasty and strong with roast; light oak and currant notes with lots of chocolate and semi-sweet cocoa notes. The flavor is nice and strong, nearly stout but without too much harsh astringency. Coffee indeed. Mouthfeel is initially shocked from the abv but creamy with a mellow smooth blanket of roast and oats that eases you into this beer like a -20 sleeping bag. Very nice porter, exploding with witty flavor. On top of this it remains in line and is balanced and easy to drink. 8-5-9-4-15

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 9/26/2005 Bottled. Don’t pour this expecting to see your typical porter. I can’t say I’ve had an Imperial Porter before but I’m here to tell you this beer is as black as a stout with an almost stout-like tan head. The aromas are coffee and fruit. Zingy chocolate flavors with a lively fruitiness and a slight hop presence followed by a slight to not-so-slight alcohol warmth. They’re right; this thing will bite you in the ass! 3.9 Re-Rate. 7/5/06 12 oz bottle from first batch. When I first opened this bottle a powerful sour stench hit my nose but it quickly dissapated. The pour is thick and black with a tan head. HUGE floaties. Slightly sour chocolate, molasses, cherries and tobacco aromas. Big chocolate flavors with a thick, oatmeal mouth feel. Dark fruit, tobacco, cherries and coffee flavors. Very bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Jet black with big, thick, wet head. Looks like motor oil that missed a few changes. Smells like wet grass. Coats the tongue like a bitter dark chocolate and espresso silk pie dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite palatable despite thickness. Strangely tangy. Hoppier than expected for a porter, but I guess this being an "Imperial Porter" it should be over-the-top in most regards. And in most regards, this is quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 2009-03-10, bottle at Svea, Malmö, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mature caramel aroma, malt, alcohol, hops. Very good body strength, caramel flavor, chocolate, hopping. Balanced and long final, with caramel and chocolate again, sweet and bitter. Very good.

2008-09-01, draught at Cockney Pub, Århus, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color. Soft aroma, chocolate, mild roasted malt, with notes of vanilla and smoke. Good body strength, good sweet chocolate flavor turning slowly into a more roasted malt type. Good, for a Porter, but not much my favorite style.

2008-02-07, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color, creamy head. Nice aroma, hoppy, with some roasted malt. Medium body structure, witha strong flavor of dark chocolate, rising dark malt to the end, and luckily good hop, and a light fruity freshness. Very good.

2005-09-25, bottle at Oliver Twist, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Black color, big creamy brown head. Strong resinous hoppy aroma, light phenol. Good body structure, silky, malty, light liquorice, chocolate, strong coffee. Very long final (coffee-like).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Dark blackish beer with a red tint and cocoa head. Big chocolate aroma with sweet malt. Roasty, coffee flavor with some chocolate and balanced bitterness. Medium/full bodied. Hides alcohol well. Easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (971) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Nice thick and chocolaty malted brew. Was personally hoping for a bit of a sour note that appears in other baltic porters, but all in all this is still a great dark beer, alcohol is very present.


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